I shot this video using the Canon 5D and the Canon 16-35mm lens. No external microphone was used. I shot this in about 1 hour, came home, transcoded (using MPEG Streamclip), imported into Final Cut Pro and exported in about 2-3 hours. Total project took about 4-5 hours.
I used Magic Bullet Looks, which significantly increased the rendering time. I was doing some photo editing on Aperture and it took my computer (MacBook Pro 2.3, i7, 8GB ram) about 2 hours to render this 11+ minute clip.
I shot the video in Ushi, Armenia. The guy in the video, Merooj, is a friend of my Dad’s. He brings his bee’s to 3 different feeding locations a year. My Dad’s home happens to be one of these locations. The bees may travel up to 3 miles away from the hive in search of flowers. Merooj has no fear and does not flinch when he is stung by a bee; he actually smiles.
Shooting was a bit difficult. I was always aware that I was standing amongst 30 hives and bees would fly into my body every few seconds. As it got hot the bees became more active and it felt more congested then a New York sidewalk. But the real difficult issue was keeping the camera in focus. It was extremely bright outside and the cloudy sky was creating an intense contrast. I was never 100% confident with exposure and focus. I have a marshal monitor (5 inch), but the hassle is not worth the benefits, so I did not use it. I have since ordered an EVF from Zacuto that runs off of Canon batteries. I’ll let you guys know how the EVF (electronic view finder) works when I get it.
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